Liverpool look set to wait until the end of the season to make any firm decisions on whether to offer a new contract to utility midfielder Lucas Leiva, with the Brazilian insisting that he is focusing solely on the club’s final handful of games rather than his own future.
The 30-year-old will have just a single year left on his contract at the end of the campaign and, while he insisted that there is ‘no doubt’ about his commitment to the club, he appeared to hint that a new deal may be unlikely.
Quoted by the Liverpool Echo, he said: “Listen, I would love to have the right answer for you, the 100% answer I’d say. I have got one more year left after this, but I think I need to just concentrate on the next five games. I have been here long enough and if the time comes for me to go somewhere else I think I will leave with the feeling that I did everything I could.”
“I don’t really know what will happen. I just need to focus on the last five games. The last few games I have played I feel very good. I have played centre-back and midfield, so I give some options to the manager and when he needs me I always try to deliver.”
He continued: “There is no doubt about my commitment to Liverpool. I just need to wait until the end of the season, work hard and make a decision together with the club. Yes, (I’ll speak with Klopp). I think we will agree something. Good for both of us. I would love to give the answer 100% but unfortunately I cannot give it.”
Lucas has been more involved in the Reds’ first team in recent weeks, starting three of the club’s last four Premier League games after a similar run in February.
Lucas has actually ruled out a return to Brazilian football stating; “In football anything is possible, but going back to Brazil is not my priority at this moment.”